Weathersfield Weekly Blog, June 28

Well, we had another beautiful weather week, right up to the weekend last week (and today). I finally got into my garden and pulled up those nasty weeds. The blueberry bushes are ready for peat moss and wood chips and are loaded with small berries. The tomatoes have been tied up and their suckers snipped off. And another round of peas and lettuce seed got into the ground. The peach trees are loaded with small fruit, I think this will be another bumper crop, two years in a row-I'm feeling lucky! Time to celebrate the 4th of July and summer in Vermont.

News You Can Use

Calling all photographers in the Weathersfield, VT area. The Town of Weathersfield is working on creating a new town website and we need your help! We are looking for photos of recreational activities and picturesque locations from around the town to feature on this new site. If you would like an opportunity for your photos to be featured, please check that they meet the requirements below and submit them via email to

The requirements are as follows: each photo must be taken within the Town of Weathersfield, be in high resolution, and a permission form must be filled out and turned into the Town Office. (These forms can be found online, at the current town website, or in the Town Office)
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On Thursday, June 14 candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives Windsor-1 (Hartland, Windsor, West Windsor) Zachariah Ralph hosted a pasta supper at Damon Hall in Hartland. His best friend and comedian Collen Doyle of Bridgewater provided the evenings stand-up comedy entertainment.

Last Thursday, the first day of summer June 21, we traveled to Boston to see U2 in concert at TD Garden.

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Saturday I had a wedding to photograph but before that we had to check out the Wellwood Orchard's 3rd Annual Strawberry Festival.

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A band we follow, The Welterweights-Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson played a set at the Strawberry Festival.

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On Sunday, I covered the Billings Farm and Museum's 35th Anniversary Celebration for the Vermont Standard.

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Get Out and About Events

Cold Climate Heat Pump Workshop in Ascutney  Saturday, June 30 at 9 a.m. at the Weathersfield Town Library on Route 5. See the newly-installed heat pumps in action at the library. Cold climate heat pumps have rapidly emerged as a promising technology for Vermont. Come to this informal workshop to learn about heat pump options for both hot water and space heating to see if they make sense for your home. The workshop is FREE, bring along your questions, learn how heat pumps operate in summer and winter. Pick up a copy of the Weathersfield Energy Efficiency flyer compiled by the Energy Group with further tips on how to save money on energy and help the environment. For more information, contact: 802-674-5280

July 4th Celebrations in Our Region

Reading VT Old Home Day and BBQ "Fun in the Sun" Sunday, July 1 in Reading from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a Parade, the famous Fire Department BBQ, The Duck Derby and an Ox pull.

New England Brass Band in West Windsor July 3 at Albert Bridge School 5 p.m.. The Albert Bridge School and Ascutney Winds are hosting a free concert at the school. All welcome.

July 3 on Ascutney Mountain in West Windsor 6-10 p.m.. The Brownsville Independence Day Committee is hosting a pre-4th event with music food and fireworks. Follow the signs for parking. FREE.

July 4 in West Windsor. The Brownsville Independence Day Committee is hosting a day of events celebrating 60 years of the West Windsor Volunteer Fire Department. Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Community Church; Vendors, games, food from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Parade with prizes along the Brownsville/Hartland Rd at 1 p.m.. Join the parade, you could win one of the 3 cash prizes $150, $100 or $50. Contact Leone Bushkin if you’d like to include a float. If you’re a veteran, you own a vintage vehicle, are a fire department or marching group who would like to participate please contact Sherry Barbour at 802-484-9286 to sign up to join the parade. All participants must register with one of the contacts above if they would like to participate in the parade.

5 Alarm 5 K in Perkinsville Saturday, July 28 9-11 a.m.. The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their 5th annual 5 K race. Tent registration at the Power Dam on Maple Street opens at 8 a.m. Kids fun race is at 9 a.m. and the 5 K starts at 9:30 a.m.. A chicken BBQ follows. For more information contact Toshya at 603-322-3287. All proceeds benefit WWVFD.

Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors in Weathersfield July 28 6-9 p.m.. The Weathersfield Proctor Library Fund raising committee will host their annual event featuring a silent auction, desserts and appetizers, and music by Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers, who specialize in jazz, blues, and classic tunes. More details to come.

Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: Josh Hall June 29, Steve Ellis July 7, Johnny O July 13, Erik Boedtker July 20, Ali T July 27, Steve Ellis Aug. 3..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. Charles Berthoud June 28 7 p.m., Ben Fuller June 29 7 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Carter Glass June 29 9:30 p.m.; Maiden Voyage June 30 10 p.m.; Sean Kehoe July 3, 6 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2018: July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSVP. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Twin State Depression Support Group in Weathersfield. Free peer-led Depression Support Groups to all, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT (Martin Memorial Hall - downstairs) and the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT (Turning Point) Both venues are accessible. or on facebook: More information call 802-795-0098

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Hikes: Saturday, June 30 9:30 a.m. "The Ancient Hemlocks"; Saturday, July 21 9:30 Cathedral Rocks; Sunday, July 29 11:30 a.m. "To The Cabin"; Sunday, Sept. 2 9:30 Crown Point Road; Saturday, Sept. 15 5 p.m. Ferry Road and the Connecticut River; Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. Ascutney Mountain; Saturday, Oct. 20 9:30 a.m. Cooks Pond Road; and Saturday Oct. 27 9:30 a.m. Perkinsville Lower Valley. Call Steve to sign up for a hike or to get more information at 802-263-5439 or email

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